This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Todd Hughes to the Federal Circuit. He now awaits confirmation by the full Senate. He joins Raymond Chen, whom the Committee approved in May.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who presided over Hughes’s confirmation hearing in June, noted the “historic nature” of the Hughes nomination. If confirmed, Hughes would be the first openly gay federal appellate court judge.
The confirmation would also give the Federal Circuit its full complement of 12 active judges.
HT: Hal Wegner.